Supermaterial Made From Seaweed Could Replace Bubble Wrap

A new material named “agar plasticity” just won the prestigious Lexus Design Award, given out as part of the annual Milan furniture fair. Designers at AMAM are using agar, a gelatinous substance derived from marine algae, to create a safe, ecological alternative to plastic.

Source: Supermaterial Made From Seaweed Could Replace Bubble Wrap

How likely is this to actually happen?  When it’s are cost efficient. They recently invented a new bubble wrap that saves a ton of money and is being widely adopted.

Scientists Have Discovered a Bacteria That’s Evolved to Eat Plastic

A team of Japanese scientists has discovered a bacteria that’s evolved to break down and consume PET—one of the world’s most environmentally damaging plastics.

Source: Scientists Have Discovered a Bacteria That’s Evolved to Eat Plastic

Q: What do they poop?

That’s actually a relevant question. Unless they have black hole core, “cleaning” organisms can’t make something just disappear. And if it feeds off of it, it means the byproduct will have even less energy and might be even harder to dispose of.

Why You Still Shouldn’t Cook With Hot Tap Water

I grew up not drinking hot water from the tap (my parents didn’t, and I eventually looked it up and found out that in old homes, lead can leach from solder). Now that I have a high-efficiency tankless hot water heater and replaced the copper piping with PEX, can I safely use hot water from the tap for cooking? I must be able to save some energy vs. boiling cold water for pasta.

Source: Is It Safe to Cook With Hot Tap Water?

Good time to bring up that you can boil water faster if you microwave half of it

Surprising news, considering that home insurance gives discounts for having PEX because PEX is less likely to fail.  Water damage in a house is admittedly bad for everyone.

Always check your Water Tank Anode if your tank is more than 5 years old, and replace it ASAP. The minute that anode is corroded enough to be ineffective, that water is eating at your tank – not the rod. You should also drain the tank once a year till it runs clean too.